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3. The American Political System

11F: 10 12W:2A 12F: 10

An examination of the American political process as manifested in voting behavior, par- ties and their nominating conventions, interest groups, the Presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary. Special emphasis is placed on providing the student with a theoretical framework for evaluating the system including discussions of decision-making, bargaining, and democratic control. Dist: SOC; WCult: W.D. Brooks, Fowler

4. Comparative Politics

11F: 10 12S:10 12F:10 13W:10 13S: 2

This course will introduce students to the field of comparative government and politics through an examination of selected political systems. Special attention will be given to analytic techniques involved in the study of the field and to certain basic concepts, such as power and political culture, decision-making, and communications. Dist: SOC or INT. Baldez, Carey, Chauchard, and Horowitz.

5. International Politics

11F: 10, 11 12W: 10, 11, 12 12S: 10,11, 12 12F: 10, 2 13W: 10, 11 13S: 10, 11, 12

This course introduces the systematic analysis of international society, the factors that motivate foreign policies, and instruments used in the conduct of international relations. Particular attention is given to power and economic relations; to cultural differences that may inhibit mutual understanding or lead to conflict; to nationalism and other ideologies; to the requisites and limits of cooperation; and to the historical structuring and functioning of international institutions. Dist: SOC or INT. W. Wohlforth, Valentino, Lind, S. Brooks.

6. Political Ideas

11F: 11 12W: 10A 12S: 11 12F: 11 13W: 10A 13S: 2

This course introduces student to political theory by reading and discussing classic works. We will discuss the meaning and significance of law, justice, virtue, power, equality, freedom and property. Readings may include: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Kant, Hegel, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. Dist: TMV. Murphy, Swaine, Clarke.

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10. Quantitative Political Analysis

11F: 11 12W: 11 12S: 11, 12 12F: 10 13W: 10, 11 13F: 10, 12

This course will provide students with useful tools for undertaking empirical research in political science and will help them to become informed consumers of quantitative political analysis. The course will first consider the general theoretical concepts underlying empirical research, including the nature of causality, the structure and content of theories, and the formulation and testing of competing hypotheses. The course will then employ these concepts to develop several quantitative approaches to political analysis. Students will be introduced to two statistical methods frequently used by political scientists, contingency tables and linear regression. By learning to systematically analyze political data, students will gain the ability to better conduct and evaluate empirical research in both its quantitative and qualitative forms. Because of the large overlap in material covered, no student may receive credit for more than one of the courses Government 10, Economics 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Social Sciences 10, Mathematics and Social Sciences 15 or 45, or Sociology 10 except by special petition. Dist: QDS. Chauchard, Herron, Greenhill and Nyhan.

18. Introduction to Game Theory

12F: 11

Game theory is used to study how individuals or organizations interact strategically, and this course introduces game theory with a focus on political science applications. Insights from game theory are essential to understanding many facets of politics, such as international relations and political party competition. Among other topics the course will cover Nash equilibria, normal and extensive form games, and the basics of repeated games. The course will also focus on how simple games, like the prisoner’s dilemma and chicken, can be used to understand patterns of human and organizational behavior. Dist: QDS. Herron.

19. Topics in Political Analysis

12S: 10A, 2 13W: 2A 13S: 11

This course will enable regular or visiting faculty members to examine political topics not treated in the established curriculum. Subjects may therefore vary each time the course is offered. Dist: Varies.

In 12S at 10A, Polling the Public in Politics and Business. Political pollsters and marketing researchers devote a great deal of effort to discovering the views held by the public. In this course, we will explore the general techniques that survey researchers use to examine what the public thinks and compare how that information is used in politics versus the business realm. Along the way, we will examine the debate concerning the degree to which leaders should respond to the public. We will not only discuss the pertinent academic research, but will also design, conduct, and analyze a survey of our own as a class. Through a combination of theoretical and hands-on learning, students will leave the course with a firm understanding of how the public forms attitudes, how opinions can be measured, and how public views influence government and business decisions. .D. Brooks.

In 12S at 2, Research Design and Qualitative Analysis. This course surveys qualitative methods and research design. First, it introduces qualitative methods’ tools, techniques, strengths and limitations. It then explores the craft of research design and effective communication. Unlike traditional political analysis courses, this class is a practicum for those actively engaged in research. It is ideal for individuals contemplating a thesis or independent study because students concentrate on one topic throughout the term. However, it will benefit anyone interested in political science research. Coggins.

In 13W at 2A, Advanced Political Analysis. This course introduces mathematical and statistical models in the social sciences beyond the level of bivariate regression.  Topics to be covered include multivariate regression, selection bias, discrete choice, maximum likelihood models, multi-level modeling, and experiments.  We will use these models to study voter turnout, elections, bargaining in legislatures, public opinion, political tolerance, the causes and duration of wars, gender bias in employment, educational testing, poverty and income, and a host of other topics.  Students will write a paper of original research using some of the methods covered in class.  Prerequisite:  Government 10, Economics 10, Geography 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Social Sciences 10, or equivalent. Dist: QDS. Lacy.

In 13S at 11, Advanced Game Theory. This course is a continuation of Government 18, Introduction to Game Theory. It will build on the material covered in the prior course and will cover Bayesian games, dynamic game of incomplete information, and repeated games. The emphasis in Government 19 will continue to be political science applications. (Note: the prerequisite for this course is Government 18 or permission of the instructor.) Dist: QDS. Lacy


24. Development in Emerging Economies.

12X: 11

Countries in developing regions of the world face a number of unique challenges within a globalized economy as their financial and trade links become ever closely intertwined with those of powerful, developed countries that dominate international economic institutions. Drawing on a wide range of case studies, this course investigates some of these new developments in the world economy. What strategies can developing countries adapt in order to develop most efficiently in a global market-oriented economy? How can a country maximize its chances for economic success, and what precisely is the role of international financial and trade institutions in their development? Readings in this course range from theoretical academic writings on development strategies to policy pieces written by local practitioners and by those working for international financial and trade institutions. Dist. SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Vandewalle.

25. Problems of Political Development: India, South Africa and China

Not offered in 2011-2012 may be offered in 2012-2013

Is democratic government always better than the alternatives? In the contemporary world, what is the relationship between economic development, democratic politics, and political order? What kinds of justice does democracy promote? This course will address these questions by examining institutional arrangements, elite politics, and popular movements in India, South Africa, and China.

Prerequisite: Government 4. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Sa’adah.

26. Elections and Reform

13S: 10

This course examines the problem of how politicians and policies are selected by citizens. Politicians fight tenaciously to shape the rules under which they compete because how elections are conducted has enormous impact on what sorts of choices voters are offered, what sorts of coalitions politicians form, and whose interests get represented.  This course investigates what rules matter, and why. It draws from a broad array of cases to illustrate the most important issues at stake in current electoral reforms around the world, and here in the United States. Dist: SOC. Carey.


30. Topics in American Government

12W: 12 12F: 10A 12F, 13S: 2A

This course will enable regular or visiting faculty members to examine topics in American Government not treated in the established curriculum. Subjects may therefore vary each time the course is offered. Dist: Varies.

In 12W at 12, The Federal Budget. This course will investigate the U.S. federal budget. Students will come to understand the history of, contemporary practices in and future trajectory of U.S. expenditure and revenue generating policies. The course will also cover the process by which policymakers pass an annual budget including what is supposed to happen and what actually happens in pursuit of a budget compromise. Substantial course time will be spent considering possible reforms that can be made to the federal budget. Bafumi

In 12F at 10A, Political Psychology. This course explores political psychology, a field which uses concepts from psychology in order to better understand politics. After exploring key relevant ideas and theories from psychology, we will then apply them to a variety of important issues in domestic politics and international relations, including: the role of emotion; the formation of ideological and partisan views; the role of political trust; social group dynamics; stereotyping and prejudice; the influence of leader personality; the power of political advertising and the media; and how countries and foreign policy leaders communicate with one another. D. Brooks

In 12F at 2A, Women in Politics. This is a general course on women in politics. We will examine the role of women as politicians, activists, and voters. The course will examine a wide range of issue areas, including: female attitudes on war and conflict, the reactions of women to different kinds of campaign tactics and policy positions, the differing barriers women face to attaining elected office in different countries, and how the challenges thought to be faced by female political leaders compare with those faced by female business leaders. One key question we will explore concerns whether female politicians are treated differently than male politicians, and how that might affect their strategies for reelection and governance. D. Brooks.

In 13S at 2A. The Presidency and the Public in American Politics. This is a course on the interaction between the president and the public. We will explore different theories about when and why the president might seek to alter policy in response to public attitudes as compared to when the president will seek to change public opinion. We will analyze the various techniques and strategies presidents use to understand public opinion in the current era, and the strategies they use to affect public views. We will examine whether the president is more or less responsive to public opinion in different issue areas, including: war and conflict, international trade, domestic social policy, and macroeconomic policy. Throughout the course, we will compare the approach that President Barack Obama has taken towards the public with that of previous presidents. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. D. Brooks.

31. Campaigns and Elections

11, 12F: 12 12S, 12F: 2 12W: 2

This course examines two major areas of American politics: the behavior of voters in elections and the behavior of candidates in campaigns. The first few weeks of the course focus on the fundamental questions of voting behavior. Why do people vote in elections? Does Party affiliation mean anything to voters? Do issues matter in elections? Do candidate traits make a difference to voters? Which of these things matters most? Finally, do campaigns matter to election outcomes? This question motivates the second portion of the course. Campaign institutions such as debates, advertisements, media coverage, polls, nominations, voting rules, and financing are discussed. Potential reforms are debated.

Prerequisite: Government 3 or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Bafumi and Lacy.

35. The Presidency

12W, 13W: 2

This course highlights central themes in the development, organization, and functioning of the American Presidency. It combines the study of presidential behavior with an analysis of its complex and evolving institutional framework. Since the office requires the President to play multiple political roles simultaneously, the course will assess the institutional and behavioral components of these roles. It will present an integrated theoretical and empirical conception of presidential governance.

Prerequisite: Government 3 or by permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Nyhan.

36. The Making of American Public Policy

11F: 3A

This course examines the process through which public policy is made in the United States. Topics covered include the nature and goals of public policy, the various stages of the policy process, and the different models of and factors involved in policy making. The course seeks to explain why policy making in the U.S. is mostly ‘incremental’ in character, i.e., involves only marginal departures from the status quo. The course also explores the conditions under which non-incremental change is feasible or even likely.

Prerequisite: Government 3, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Fowler.

37. Pubic Opinion

12F: 2A

This course examines the connection between public opinion and political behavior, primarily in the contemporary American setting. The first part of the course focuses on the nature and origins of public opinion. The second part explores the links between public opinion and political behavior with particular attention paid to election outcomes, policy making, and issues of tolerance.

Prerequisite: Government 3 or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: NA/W. Nyan


40. Topics in Area Politics

11F: 2A 12W: 10A 13W: 2 13S: 10, 11

This course will enable regular or visiting faculty members to examine topics in Regional Politics not treated in the established curriculum. Subjects may therefore vary each time the course is offered. Dist: Varies.

In 11F at 2A and 13S at 10, Politics of India. India, soon to be the world’s most populous nation, has surprised observers with its capacity to remain democratic - but India’s ability to face staggering political, social and economic challenges remains an open question. The class will explore several questions: To what extent are state institutions responsive to citizens’ needs? To what extent are they fair and independent? Has democracy challenged the power of old elites? How did politicians handle India’s potential for conflict? Has democracy reduced poverty? Chauchard

In 12W: 10A, Language and Politics of the Caucasus (Identical to Russian 11 and Linguistics 40). One of the world’s areas with the highest linguistic and cultural diversity ¬ the Caucasus forms an intricate web of Indo-European, Turkic, and over 50 indigenous languages.

The course follows in parallel the complex historical-political development of the Caucasus and its cultural and linguistic history, under the hypothesis that one informs the other. We will study the dynamics between the linguistic features, oral and written traditions, language policies, and the major political trends in the region. No prerequisites. Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Chitoran, Yalowitz.

In 13W: 2, Ethic Politics. This course examines the intersection of ethnicity and politics by drawing on a combination of theoretical works and case studies to answer questions such as: What are ethnic groups and why might they matter for political behavior?  How do political institutions shape ethnic identities?  When does ethnicity serve as the basis for conflict and violence? Our focus will be comparative, and we will explore many parts of the world, particularly Africa, India, and Latin America. Horowitz.

In 13S at 11, Democracy, European Style. All democracies share important features (e.g., elections), but they also differ in significant ways (e.g., party systems, constitutional arrangements, power).  Many of the patterns typical of European democracies are unfamiliar to Americans.  In this course, we will explore how the major European countries “do” democracy.   How did they get there?  How does parliamentary government work?  How do citizens participate in the political process?  What issues do European elites and electorates view as central and what sorts of policy options have been proposed in response?  How “European” are Europeans? Dist: INT or SOC WCult: EU, W. Sa’adah.

42. Politics of Africa

11F: 2 13S: 10

This course examines post-colonial politics in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on the events of the last decade. The course will be structured around three main themes: (1) patterns of economic growth and decline; (2) the transition to democratic political systems; and (3) political violence and civil conflict. While the course covers broad trends across the continent, it will also draw on case studies from particular countries. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Horowitz.

In 12W: 2A, The Rise of China. The rise of China is one of the most important economic and strategic developments that the world will encounter over the next century. In this course we will first examine the historical backdrop and domestic developments that fueled China’s rise, before focusing on its strategic implications. The class will place special emphasis the China-US relationship: can the U.S. hegemon peacefully accommodate the growth of Chinese power, or are the US and China destined for conflict or cold war? We will also examine what the growth of Chinese wealth and power means for its neighbors, and the implications for regional stability in East Asia. Course Prerequisite: Govt 5 is strongly recommended but not required. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Lind.

44. Globalization and Global Development

12X: 12

The latest wave of economic globalization has differently affected various regions of the world. One of the most often repeated (and disputed) assertions is that the economic power of the United States is fading and that the fortunes of the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) as well as other selected Emerging Economies (“the Second World”) will mark the dawn of a more equal and, economically speaking, a more balanced global economy. The most recent financial crisis has put into question many of the assertions on both sides of this debate, in ways that question the very basic assumptions analysts of the global economy have been making since the creation of the Bretton Woods system in the aftermath of World War II. In this course we investigate the impact of the economic boom of the last two decades, the current crisis, and their impact on the economic fate and standing of particularly the United States, India, China, and Russia. We focus in part on efforts to create a new financial architecture for the global economy, and investigate how the debate between markets and state intervention has been affected by the ongoing financial crisis—and what this may mean for both countries that rely extensively on markets, and for those that strategically promote state intervention. Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: NW. Vandewalle.

46. Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Prerequisite: Government 4, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Vandewalle.

47. The Arab-Israeli Conflict (Comparative Politics or International Relations)

13W: 11

For the better part of a century, the conflict over Palestine has defied resolution. The tensions and instability it has generated have profoundly affected—and been affected by—both international relations and the domestic politics of a wide range of countries. This course examines the changing external and local forces that have shaped the confrontation. Using primary as well as secondary sources, we will try to understand how the various parties to the conflict have defined its stakes, understood their interests, viewed their adversaries, mobilized support, and formulated policy. We will consider grassroots politics as well as elite calculations. We will look at the role played by ideas, institutions, material interests, and leadership, at both the regional and the broader international levels. We will end by assessing the current prospects for a settlement.

Prerequisite: Government 4, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Sa’adah.

49.01 Latin American Politics and Government

12F: 10A

This course is an introduction to the political development and the current context of politics in Latin America.  It combines material on historical and theoretical topics with material on the current politics of specific countries, particularly in the Andean region, which has experienced particularly turbulent politics in recent years.  The central theme of the course is to evaluate the performance and stability of democracy in Latin America.  We consider the impact of political culture, economic development, representative institutions, and the legacies of authoritarian and revolutionary regimes on the contemporary politics of the region.

Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Carey.

49.02 State and Society in Latin America (Identical to Latin American and Caribbean Studies 32)

Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Baldez.

49.03 Latin American Politics: Cuba (Identical to Latin American and Caribbean Studies 33)

Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Dist. SOC or INT. Baldez

49.04 Gender Politics in Latin America (Identical to Latin American and Caribbean Studies 52; also Women’s and Gender Studies 31)

12S: 2A

The basis of their gender identity? What strategies do they choose and why? What is the relation between women’s movements and the state? How are international factors relevant? What impact have these movements had in terms of cultural change, policy outcomes and activists’ lives? How do right-wing movements compare with left-wing ones? Readings will focus on a range of countries throughout the region. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Baldez.

49.05 Protest and Parties in Latin America (Identical to Latin American and Caribbean Studies 53)

13W: 2

This course will examine the conditions that prompt people organize on behalf of their collective interests, how those movements evolve, and under what conditions efforts to mobilize will succeed. We compare protests, revolutionary movements, social movements, political parties and other forms of political action in various countries throughout the

Dist: SOC or INT. WCult: NW. Baldez.


50. Topics in International Relations

11F: 11, 2 12W:10 12S: 10, 2A, 10A 12F: 11, 2 13W: 10 13S: 10A, 2A

This course will enable regular or visiting faculty members to examine topics in International Relations not treated in the established curriculum. Subjects may therefore vary each time the course is offered. Dist: Varies.

In 11F and 12F at 11, Consequences of Globalization. What are some of the consequences of economic and social globalization? Can it be said to be either good or bad for causes such as human rights or protection of the environment? In this course we’ll critically examine arguments on both sides of the debates about the effects that globalization is having on a number of different outcomes including human rights, the environment, democratization, international security, women’s rights, worker’s rights, and national identity formation. Greenhill.

In 11F and 12F at 2, Human Rights and International Relations. States’ human rights practices are no longer viewed as simply a domestic political issue.  Since the end of WWII, a complex system of international laws and institutions has developed that aims to regulate the human rights practices of states.  In this course we will study the politics of the human rights regime and consider the following big questions:  What exactly are human rights? Does international human rights law have any impact on states’ behavior?  If so, how?  Is economic globalization good or bad for human rights?  Is the evolving human rights regime changing what it means to be a state in the 21st century? Greenhill

In 12W, 12S and 13W at 10 What’s So Civil about War Anyway? Civil wars are far more common in the contemporary world than international wars. They tend to affect more people, go on for longer, and destroy more property. Yet most of our theory and expertise on war derives from experiences of international war. Are the two types of conflict essentially similar? What’s so civil about civil war? Are civil wars simply international wars played out within borders? Or might the causes, dynamics, and consequences of civil war differ fundamentally from those of inter-state war? Finally, what role do international politics play in civil war (and vice versa)? In this course, we will compare and contrast civil and international war placing special emphasis on modern cases of civil war, its international dimensions and potential strategies for conflict resolution. Topics addressed will include intervention, ethnic conflict, guerilla war and non-state actors. Dist: SOC or INT. Coggins.

In 12S and 13S at 2A, Nuclear Weapons: Physical and Strategic Effects. This course examines the effects of nuclear weapons on the conduct of international politics. It begins by examining the physical properties of nuclear weapons, and then uses evidence from the Cold War to address the following questions: Why did the United States and Soviet Union build such large nuclear arsenals? What did they plan to do with these weapons? How did nuclear weapons fit into U.S. and Soviet military strategy at various phases of the Cold War? The course uses evidence from the Cold War to evaluate theories of nuclear deterrence and the so-called “nuclear peace.” The last section of the course focuses on current issues relating to nuclear weapons: the spread of nuclear weapons in the developing world, the dangers of nuclear terrorism, the potential for effective missile defenses, and the changing strategic nuclear balance of power. Dist: SOC or INT. Press.

In 12S and 13S at 10A, War and Peace in the Modern Age (Identical to Social Sciences 1 and War and Peace Studies 1). This course is designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of war and peace; that is, with the political uses of military power and the respective roles of military and civilian leaders in formulating and implementing foreign policy. We will also investigate how war affects civil society’s social movements and how the characteristics of states’ domestic politics arrangements affect or constrain the ways that leaders choose to execute their most preferred strategies. Finally, we will also try to come to an understanding of what war is actually like for those, both combatant and non-combatant, that must participate in war on a daily basis. Dist: SOC. Press.

51. International Law

Not offered in 2011-2012 may be offered in 2012-2013

Dist: INT. W. Wohlforth.

52. Russian Foreign Policy

12W: 2A

This course is a survey of Russia’s relations with the world, and particularly with Europe and the United States, from the Revolution through the Soviet period to the present. Special emphasis will be placed on the politics of the national security process in the USSR and Russia. Although intended as an overview of Russian foreign policy, the course gives primary attention to three areas: the origins and nature of Soviet-American competition; Russia’s political and military relationship with the West; and the future development of Russian-American relations.

Prerequisite: Government 4 or 5; Government 42 is recommended. Open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: W. Wohlforth.

53. International Security

11F, 12F, 12X: 10A

This course will focus on military strategy in the post-cold war world. The course will cover deterrence theory, crisis stability, nuclear strategy, and the political uses of military coercion. Other topics may include the obsolescence of major war, collective security, nuclear proliferation, and escalation of regional wars.

Prerequisite: Government 5 or permission of instructor. Dist: SOC or INT. Press, Hellman.

54. United States Foreign Policy

11F, 12W: 10

An inquiry into relationships between the social structure and ideological tradition of the United States and its conduct in world affairs. Attention is given to the substance of American foreign and military policy; to the roles of the White House, State Department, CIA, the military, Congress, private elites, and mass opinion; and to foreign policy impacts on domestic life.

Prerequisite: Government 5 or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: Mastanduno, Strathman.

56. International Relations Theory

11F: 2A

Is war unavoidable? Or is most violent conflict unnecessary and preventable? How should statesmen best protect the interests and physical security of their countrymen? Do they meet that standard, or fall short? Can a people ever be truly safe? Or is the international environment inherently uncertain? Which peoples ought to live together? Or are identities dynamic? These are the enduring questions of international politics. Perhaps not surprisingly, theorists come to different conclusions. This course explores a wide variety of international relations theories and evaluates their implications for real world politics. Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, and other major strands of IR theory will be discussed as will American hegemony, international laws and norms and grand strategy.

Prerequisite: Government 5, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC or INT. Lebow.

57. International Relations of East Asia

12W: 2A

The international relations of Asia are a major concern of the United States. In the past few years, there has been increasing concern about the threat North Korea may pose to the security of the United States. The past decade has seen China emerge as a potential economic, political, and military superpower, that some view as a potential rival to the U.S. Japan’s economy, although experiencing difficulties, remains the world’s second largest and most technologically advanced. What happens in Asia has a direct and important impact on the U.S.? How do we understand the international relations of these countries? What are the issues, and consequences? In answering these questions, we will view the international relations of Asia from historical and theoretical viewpoints. I assume that students are familiar with the basic tools of inter-national relations theory, including realism, liberalism, and institutionalism. In addition I assume prior coursework in international relations. I do not assume extensive knowledge of Asia.

Government 5 is recommended but not required. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Lind.

58. International Political Economy

12S: 2

The political aspects of international and transnational economic relations will be examined. Topics will include economic imperialism, politico-economic dependence and inter-dependence, economic instruments of statecraft, the role of economic factors in foreign policy making, economic causes of international conflict, economic determinants of national power, the politics of international economic organizations, and the role of multi-national corporations in world politics.

Prerequisite: Government 5 and Economics 29 or 64, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC or INT. S. Brooks.

59. Foreign Policy and Decision Making

12S: 2A

The objectives of this course are to introduce the most influential theoretical approaches to the study of strategic decision-making in political science and to apply and evaluate these approaches in a series of historical and contemporary case studies of foreign policy. These immediate objectives serve a larger purpose: to make you a better strategist and more sophisticated analyst of foreign policy. The empirical focus of the course is on states and their problems, but its basic precepts are applicable to other domains as well. Each of the decision-making theories we study represents a venerable tradition of social science scholarship. Mastering them can contribute to the acquisition of extremely useful analytical and critical skills. The first four sections of the course introduce the four most basic models of strategic decision-making and explore them in selected case studies. The last section provides an opportunity to integrate the different models in a series of case studies and simulations exercises involving the foreign policies of major powers.

Dist: INT or SOC. Strathman.


60. Topics in Political Theory or Public Law

11:F 10, 12 12S: 10A 12F: 12 13W:10A

This course will enable regular or visiting faculty members to examine topics in Political Theory or Public Law not treated in the established curriculum. Subjects may therefore vary each time the course is offered. Dist: Varies.

11F at 10, Ethics and Public Policy (Identical to Public Policy 42). This course examines the nature and validity of arguments about vexing moral issues in public policy.  Students examine a number of basic moral controversies in public life, focusing on different frameworks for thinking about justice and he ends of politics.  The primary aim of the course is to provide each student with an opportunity to develop his/her ability to think in sophisticated ways about morally difficult policy issues.  Amount the questions students address will be the following:  Are policies that permit torture justifiable under any circumstances?  Do people have basic moral claims to unequal economic holdings and rewards, or should economic distribution be patterned for the sake of social justice?  Should people be permitted to move freely between countries? Is abortion wrong,in theory or in practice, and in what ways should it be restricted? Dist: TMV; WCult: W. Swaine.

Democratic Theory. Not offered in 2011-2012 may be offered in 2012-2013.

Dist: TMV, WCult: W. Clarke.

12S and 13W at 10A, Ethics, Everyday Life and Law. What is the right thing to do? What is the best way of life? How, if at all, should the answers to these questions bear on politics and law? Some hold that morality is intensely demanding, and asks us to overcome the natural concern for ourselves and those close to us. Others argue that the moral life is simple and relatively easy to comply with. Are morally excellent people happier—or is happiness beside the point of morality. Does a political community that enshrines the “pursuit of happiness” as among its foundational goals need to take a concern with the moral character of citizens? These questions will be investigated through readings that move between the history of moral and political thought (Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill) and cases and questions drawn from contemporary life. Muirhead.

In 11F and 12F at 12, Indigenous Nationalism: Native Rights and Sovereignty (Identical to Native American Studies 36). This course focuses on the legal and political relationship between the indigenous peoples of Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand and their respective colonial governments. Students will examine contemporary indigenous demands for self-government, especially territorial claims, within the context of the legislative and political practices of their colonial governments. The course will begin with an examination of the notion of Aboriginal self-government in Canada and develop it in light of the policy recommendations found in the recent report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996). Using the Canadian experience as a benchmark, students will then compare these developments to indigenous peoples’ experiences in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. An important theme of the course will be to develop an international approach to the issue of indigenous rights and to explore how colonial governments are responding to indigenous demands for justice. Not open to first-year students without permission of instructor. Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Turner.

61. Jurisprudence

12W: 11

Jurisprudence is the theory of law—not of a particular body of laws but of law in general. In this course, we explore a variety of approaches to some of the fundamental questions in jurisprudence: Are laws rooted in human nature, in social customs, or in the will of the sovereign authority? How are laws made, interpreted, and enforced? Can morality be legislated? Readings and lectures will draw on both philosophical arguments and legal case-studies to explore these and other questions. Dist: TMV. Murphy.

62. Theorizing Free Speech

12S and 12X: 2A

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads in part: “Congress shall make no law. . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...or the right of the people to peacefully assemble.” This course examines the philosophical and constitutional issues regarding the First Amendment’s speech, press, and association clauses. Readings draw from Supreme Court cases and secondary sources. Areas covered include: philosophical foundations of free speech, compelled speech, defamation, hate speech, expressive discrimination, obscenity and pornography. Recommended background: A course in law and/or political theory. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Bedi.

63. Origins of Political Thought: Render unto God or unto Caesar?

13W: 11

The perennial questions of political thought include: who should rule? and what is justice? The ancient world provides two radically different answers to these questions that of classical philosophy (represented here by Aristotle) and that of the Bible. After contrasting these two ancient perspectives, we then turn to the medieval attempts (by St. Augustine and by St. Thomas Aquinas) to synthesize Greek philosophy and Biblical faith. What is the relation of divine law to human law? What do we owe to God and what to Caesar? Is justice based on human reason or on faith in God?

Prerequisite: Government 6, or course work in ancient Greek philosophy. Dist: TMV. Murphy.

64.01 Liberalism and Its Critics

11F: 2 12F: 10

Liberal political theory is renowned for its emphasis on rights, freedoms, and limited government; but critics of liberalism hold that the liberal legacy in free societies is one of misguided energies and broken promises. Students in this course chart the development of liberal thought from the Seventeenth Century to the present, with a view to considering the central values and commitments liberals may share, and examining important contemporary work in liberal theory. The course integrates weighty challenges to the moral and political viability of liberalism, from communitarian, conservative, libertarian, and postmodern critics. Government 6 recommended. Dist: TMV. Swaine.

64.02 Modern Political Thought

12F: 2

This course complements Government 63, presenting the major themes in Western political philosophy from the Reformation to the twentieth century. The natural right tradition, which has served as the basis of liberal democracy, will be examined at its origin (Hobbes’ Leviathan) along with Rousseau’s revision and criticism of classical liberalism (First and Second Discourses, Social Contract). Then the historicist tradition—the major alternative which has dominated European thought since the French Revolution—will be studied first in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, then in Marx’s transformation of the Hegelian dialectic (Critique of Hegelian Philosophy of Right, 1844 M.S.S., and German Ideology). As in Government 63, lecture-discussions will focus closely on the texts of the four philosophers being studied while relating them to the development of modern political thought and contemporary social science.

While Government 63 and 64 form a sequence, either may be taken separately. Dist: TMV. Muirhead, Swaine.

65. American Political Thought

12F: 10A

The course focuses on the period from the Revolution to the Civil War. Topics include toleration, constitutionalism, rights, individualism, and slavery. Readings are drawn mainly from primary sources, including Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Hamilton, Jackson, Calhoun, Taylor, Anthony, Thoreau, and Lincoln. Muirhead.

66. Constitutional Law, Development, and Theory

11F: 3B 12X: 10A

This course covers some of the main themes of the American Constitution with a particular emphasis on constitutional history, structure, interpretation, development and theory. Areas covered include: federalism, separation of powers, judicial review, slavery and Reconstruction.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Bedi.

67. Civil Liberties Legal and Normative Approaches

12W, 13W: 2A

This course examines the normative and constitutional (textual) bases for protecting certain civil liberties or rights in the United States. The aim is not only to learn the constitutional language of civil liberties but also to think critically about it.  Areas covered include: property, race, sex, abortion, religious and cultural rights, sexual freedom and “alternative” marriage, and animal rights. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. WCult: W. Bedi.

68. Gender and Law (Identical to Women’s and Gender Studies 32)

11F: 10A

This course examines how gender and law in the United States are used to confer rights, create obligations, and define identities. We explore the theoretical, historical, and empirical basis for gender in law, and pay particular attention to how and when gender-based laws have changed over time. Specific topics covered include, for example, federal legislation on educational and workplace equity, constitutional doctrines of equality and privacy, and state policies on family law, criminal responsibility, and domestic violence. We analyze the relationship between gender politics, legal theory, legal doctrine, and social policy. We also ask whether the gender of legal actors (litigants, lawyers, judges) makes a difference in their reasoning or decision-making.

Prerequisite: Government 3 or a law course strongly recommended. Dist: SOC; W Cult: W. Bohmer.

69. Native Americans and the Law (Identical to Native American Studies 50)

12S, 13S: 10A

Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Duthu.


80. Readings in Government

All terms: Arrange

Independent work under the direction of a member of the Department. Open to honors students and to other qualified students. Those interested should discuss their plans with a prospective faculty advisor and must submit written statements of their proposed work to the departmental office before electing the course. This course can count as a seminar course.

81-87. Seminars in Government

The following seminars will be offered in 2009-2011. Seminars are numbered according to Department subfield: 83 for seminars in American Government, 84 for Comparative Politics, 85 for International Relations, and 86 for Political Theory and Public Law. Seminars that may count in either of two subfields, or which come from outside the Department, are numbered 81. For details concerning individual seminars and their prerequisites consult the Department. Please check the Department website at for further information. Dist: Varies.

81.02 12W, 13W: 10A

Memory, Nationalism, and War. (Comparative or International Relations) Dist: SOC or INT. Lind.

81.03 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Economic Growth and Reform in the Emerging Economies. (Comparative or International Relations) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Vandewalle.

81.04 11F: 2A (Identical to Public Policy 81.2)

Lawyers and Public Policy (American or Theory/Law subfield). Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Bohmer.

81.05 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Left and Right : Party Spirit and Ideology in American Politics. Muirhead

81.21 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2011–2012

Democracy in America: Tocqueville and His Critics. (American Politics and Theory/Law) Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Murphy.

83.04 12W: 3A

Myths and Realities in Public Policy Solutions. Bafumi

83.05 12S:2A 13S: 10A

The media and Advertising in American Politics. D. Brooks.

83.06 Not offered in 2011-2012 may be offered in 2012-2013

Political Communication. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. D. Brooks.

83.12 12S: 10A

Gender and American Politics. Baldez.

83.16 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Voting Irregularities and Issues in Electoral Reform. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Herron.

83.17 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

The American Voter through Time. Bafumi.

83.19 12W, 12F: 3A

American Political Behavior. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Lacy.

83.20 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

Law and Political Institutions. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Lacy.

83.21 11F, 12F: 10A

Experiments in Politics. Nyhan

84.01 13W: 10A

Dilemmas of Development: India, China and Egypt (Identical to AMES 91)

84.02 12S: 3B 13S: 10A

Ethnicity and Civil Conflicts. Chauchard

84.09 Not offered in 2011-2012 may be offered in 2012-2013

Political Responses to Capitalism. Dist: SOC or INT. Sa’adah.

84.11 13S: 2A (Identical to Latin American and Caribbean Studies 77)

Democracy and Accountability in Latin America. Dist: SOC. Carey.

84.12 12S: 10A

Gender and American Politics. Baldez

84.23 13S: 3A

Politics of Peace in the Middle East. Dist: INT or SOC. Sa’adah.

84.26 12W, 13S: 2A

Politics of Post-conflict Societies. Horowitz

85.02 11F: 2A

Leadership and Grand Strategy. Dist: SOC or INT. W. Wohlforth.

85.04 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

International Relations Theory.

85.08 11F, 12F: 3A

US Security Policy in the 21st Century. S. Brooks

85.12 11F, 12F: 2A (Identical to Public Policy 82.1)

Military Statecraft in International Relations. Dist: SOC or INT. Press.

85.16 11F: 10A

The Causes and Prevention of Genocide and Mass Killing. Valentino.

85.19 12W, 13W: 3A

Secession and State Creation. Dist: INT or SOC. Coggins.

85.20 12S:10A

The Psychology of International Relations. Dist: INT or SOC. Strathman.

85.21 12S, 13S: 10A

International Law and Institutions. Greenhill

85.22 12W: 12

Techniques of Statecraft. Dist: INT or SOC. Strathman.

85.23 Not offered in 2010–2011; may be offered in 2011–2012

Unipolarity and US Security. Dist: INT or SOC S. Brooks.

85.26 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013

International Law. W. Wohlforth.

86.01 13W: 2A

Multiculturalism. Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Swaine.

86.02 12F: 2A

Political Speech. Muirhead.

86.03 12W: 2A

Contemporary Political Thought. Dist: TMV. Swaine.

86.04 13W: 2A

Left and Right in American Politics. Muirhead

86.15 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013.

Tocqueville and His Critics. Dist: TMV; WCult: W. Murphy.

86.16 Not offered in 2011–2012; may be offered in 2012–2013.

Contemporary Aboriginal Politics in Canada. Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Turner.

86.18 12W, 13W: 3A

Contemporary Readings on Justice. Bedi.

86.19 12S: 3A.

Race, Law, and Identity. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Bedi.

86.20 Not offered in 2010–2011; may be offered in 2011–2012

Ideology and Intellectuals. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Clarke.

86.22 Not offered in 2010–2011; may be offered in 2011–2012.

Rousseau. Clarke.

86.24 12W, 12F: 2A

Dirty Politics: Machiavelli and Machiavellianism. Clarke.

86.26 13W: 2

Great Trials in History. Murphy.

90. Seminar

11F, 12F: London F.S.P.

Course taught by a member of the faculty of the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dartmouth students attend class with the LSE faculty member. (This course counts as a mid-level course and not as a seminar for the major or minor).

91. Seminar

11F, 12F: London F.S.P.

Course taught by a member of the faculty of the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dartmouth students attend class with LSE faculty. (This course counts as a mid-level course and not as a seminar for the major or minor).

92. Seminar

11F, 12F: London F.S.P.

In 11F, The Rise and Decline of the British Empire. Seminar taught by the faculty advisor. (This course counts as a seminar for the major or minor). 11F:Vandewalle, Lind.

93. Internship Essays

12S, 13S: Washington D.C. O.C.P.

An internship with a public or private agency or organization intended to give students practical experience of political life in the nation’s capital. Each student will write weekly essays relating his or her work experience to broader issues in political science. (This course counts as a mid-level course and not as a seminar course for the major or minor.) Dist: SOC. Winters, Bafumi.

94. Heller, McDonald and Second Amendment Law and Politics

12S Washington D.C. O.C.P.

(This course counts as a seminar course for the major or minor.) Dist: SOC; WCult: W. Winters.

95. Political Conservatism in America

12S Washington D.C. O.C.P.

(This course counts as a seminar course for the major or minor.) Dist: SOC: WCult: W. Winters.

98. Honors Research (This course counts as a seminar course for the major or minor.)

11F, 12F: 3B

99. Honors Thesis (This course counts as a mid-level course and not as a seminar course for the major or minor.)

12W, 13W Arrange

Government 98 and 99 consist of independent research and writing on a selected topic under the supervision of a Department member who acts as advisor. Open to honors students. In exceptional cases these courses are also open to other qualified students by vote of the Department. Clarke, Valentino.